Minister Reynders meets with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman

date: 24 July 2012

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders today met with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman. Minister Reynders extended his condolences to him following the deadly attack on 18 July against Israeli tourists at the airport in Burgas (Bulgaria).

The two ministers are delighted with the strengthening of bilateral relations between their two countries, and wish to reinforce these further. Didier Reynders confirmed his intent to travel to Israel this autumn. That visit is a chance for dialogue and relations to be given even more impetus.

On international issues, the ministers discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Didier Reynders reiterated the importance he attributes to a two-state solution, which must be preserved under all circumstances. The two ministers agreed that economic development for the Palestinian people is crucial for lasting peace.

During this open discussion there was also an exchange of thoughts on the developments of the Arab Spring, in particular in Syria. The topic of the Iranian nuclear dossier also arose.